Iris Williams to Perform at Birdland Jazz Club, 10/19
nternational song stylist Iris Williams returns to the cabaret scene in a rare New York appearance, a one night only solo performance - her debut at Birdland, the landmark jazz club located in the heart of New York's theater district. During Ms. Williams' set, themed "I Wish You Love," she will interpret classic American standards featuring composers Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, Burton Lane, and more. Music Director Art Weiss will be on piano, with Tom Hubbard on bass and Jeff Brillinger on drums on October 19 at 7pm.www.birdlandjazz.com.
Reviewing her performance at The Metropolitan Club in 2013, Joe Regan, Jr said, "Iris Williams has lost not a bit of her voice which was championed by Stephen Holden ("...one of the most striking voices in all of cabaret.") and Rex Reed" ("You owe it to yourself to see this great lady. Impeccable taste and elegant phrasing.")" Les Michaels at Cabaret Scenes states emphatically that Iris is "a must see." The vivacious and elegant chanteuse always performs with a mischievous twinkle in her eye. Rob Lester dubbed her voice 'warm brandy' and called her "The Halley's Comet of cabaret."
Ms. Williams is a favorite of Presidents and Royalty. Her classical training, exceptional talent and rich, warm contralto impelled her beyond her beloved native Wales and helped Iris to thrive when her honest and touching rendition of "He Was Beautiful" went gold and launched her international career.
Iris says of her love of cabaret, "I am very drawn - musically and especially lyrically - to The American Songbook. I relish interpreting these lyrics with their compelling stories of love, sadness, happiness, and loss so that my audiences can connect on a personal level with the meaning of the lyrics behind the music. I also enjoy keeping things fresh by exploring different interpretations at each performance."
Now based in New York, the much-loved songstress still performs frequently in Wales. Awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 2004 by Queen Elizabeth II for her musical accomplishments and her work with charity, Iris Williams has performed with Bob Hope and Rosemary Clooney, for President Gerald Ford, the British Royal Family and at The Algonquin's iconic Oak Room.
Catch Iris Williams at Birdland Jazz Club - 315 West 44 Street, NYC - October 19 at 7pm.
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